PRC suspends teachers for swindle

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THE Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has started the suspension of around 300 public school teachers who gypped a teachers’ association.

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The suspension order was based on the complaints lodged by the Tarlac Public School Teachers Association, Inc. (TPSTAI) at the PRC.

TPSTAI president Sheryll Abril said the organization was forced to file complaints against their fellow teachers because they deliberately ignored their loan debts with the TPSTAI.
Aside from the 300 teachers, PRC has yet to decide on another 700 complaints against teachers also filed by TPSTAI.

“It is timely that the incoming administration will increase the salary of teachers because some of them have tarnished the good image of their profession by deliberately evading their loan obligations and fraudulently faking documents and ATM cards which they submit as collaterals to financial managers like TPSTAI,” Abril told reporters at the TPSTAI satellite office in Quezon City.

She also revealed that many cases of estafa and ATM fraud, which extremely affected TPSTAI’s operations, were filed against teachers in different courts.

The latest among the 300 suspended teachers from the Department of Education in Region 4A were Marie Jeanne Ayson of Tayuman Elementary School, in Binangonan, Rizal and Ma. Susie Colcol of Teresa Elementary School in Dalig, Teresa, Rizal.

According to Abril, Ayson and Colcol not only evaded their loan obligations but also faked the ATM cards they submitted as collaterals to TPSTAI.

The PRC suspended Ayson and Colcol for three months each for violation of the Code of Ethics for Professional Teachers.

In the four-page PRC decision, Ayson and Colcol were asked to return their licenses or Certificates of Registration and Professional Identification Cards.

They were also strongly warned that a repetition of similar misconduct will be dealt with more severe penalties or their licenses will be totally cancelled and they could no longer practice their profession.

The head of Legal Department of TPSTAI, Socorro Guatlo, also said that TPSTAI is seriously contemplating to bring the controversy to the Senate for the lawmakers to conduct a thorough investigation on the issue.

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